Amber Heard’s lawyers have again called for a retrial of the defamation case with Johnny Depp.
In documents filed Friday, the actress’ legal team said one of the people originally called as a juror for the trial failed to appear and was replaced by someone else.
The documents, reported by the PA news agency, state: “Juror #15 was not a person summoned for jury duty on April 11, 2022, and therefore was not a member of the jury and could not properly serve on the jury at that time.” . court
“As a court, no doubt we agree, that a person who has not been summoned to a jury, nevertheless appears in a jury and speaks to a jury, especially in a case like this, is very troubling.
“This was a high-profile case where the fact and date of the jury trial received wide publicity before and after the jury was issued.”
The lawyers added that Ms. Hurd was entitled to “rely on the basic protection … that the jurors in this trial will be individuals who have actually been called for jury duty.”
“Thus, Ms. Heard’s due process was violated,” the documents state.
“Under the circumstances, the trial must be quashed and a new trial ordered.”
The news comes days after Heard’s attorneys again called for a review of the casearguing that the original conviction was not supported by the evidence.
Depp sued Heard, his former partner, over an article she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 about her experience of domestic violence, which his lawyers said falsely accused him of being an abuser.
Depp denied abusing Heard and told jurors that his ex-wife’s allegations of domestic violence were “disgusting and disturbing.”
Heard insisted that her article was not about her ex-husband, but about the “larger cultural conversation” surrounding the #MeToo movement at the time.
After six weeks of testimony, the trial concluded on June 1 when the jury found that Art was defamatory of Deppwhich was awarded $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages.
Heard did win one count of her counterclaim, successfully arguing that one of Depp’s lawyers defamed her by saying her allegations were an “abuse hoax” designed to capitalize on the #MeToo movement.
A jury awarded her $2m (£1.5m) in damages.